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Susan Kane's 'Ring the Bells', the winning song of the 2019 Family Folk Chorale Songwriting competition, has been arranged for chorus by Artistic Director Chris Eastburn and will be performed by the Family Folk Chorale on Sunday March 24 at Arlington Town Hall.


The song is a perfect fit for the concert ‘A Reason to Believe’ featuring the music of Bruce Springsteen, whose rich and poignant decades-long stream of songs honor our human yearnings, authenticity and struggles.

“Ring the Bells by Susan Kane is a hope filled song about overcoming adversity. That message, so perfect for these times, is supported by experienced song writing craft and a memorable melody. The song has resonated with the Family Folk Chorale in rehearsal and we look forward to sharing it with a live audience!”
-Chris Eastburn

Susan Kane is a singer songwriter from the New York area. Her sweet and sharp Americana is an alchemy of stuff dug from the dirt, born from books, gleaned from the air, yesterday's news and tomorrow's daydreams.

Listen to Susan's recording of 'Ring the Bells':

Now in its seventh year, the FFC Songwriting Competition has created a unique opportunity for collaboration between songwriter, arranger, conductor and chorus. Most songwriters rarely get to hear their songs performed by other singers. Yet in this competition, the winning song is professionally arranged and performed with a 70-voice, multi-generational ensemble. It is no wonder why the competition has attracted the attention of songwriters throughout the United States.

First Place: Susan Kane, “Ring the Bells”
Second Place: Clint Alphin, “Plowshares”
Third Place: Michael Rutberg, “Gardens in the Rain”

Honorable Mentions:
Rupert Wates, “After the Rains”
Mike Ryan, “These Two Hands”
Heather Pierson, “With This Life”

The Family Folk Chorale, celebrating its 20th anniversary year, was founded in 1999 with the belief that everyone can sing and that people of all ages singing together is powerful music. The chorale is a multi-generational group of more than 70 singers of all ages and a band comprised of some of Boston's most versatile musicians. Skillful and sensitive arrangements by director Chris Eastburn provide opportunities to hear individual voices in solo and small groups as well as harmonically rich, full group refrains.

Women of Substance Video Share - April 28, 2017

Hey There! Thrilled to tell you all that our vid of Slip on Shoes was selected as Video of the Day on Women of Substance's WOSRadio Video Share page!!

Brown Eyed Women from Rockwood - February 21, 2017

Here's a video of Brown Eyed Women, live from Rockwood 3 on Februrary 21, 2017 at John Platt's On Your Radar. Backed by Peter Calo on guitar and Jeff Eyrich on Bass. Recorded by David Sussman. Thank you, David!

Videos! - February 3, 2017

With the help of talented photographer/videographer Jim D'Angelo, I went to Woody's House recently and made my first ever videos. It turned out to be a lot of fun! You probably know that Woody's House is Fred Gillen Jr's recording studio; Fred did the audio engineering for the session, and jumped in on some percussion, vocals and harmonica.

Here you go!

The 33rd Mid-Atlantic Song Contest - January 13, 2017

Very pleased to say that "Jacksonville" got an honorable mention in the folk rock/Americana/Roots Rock category! That certainly covered a lot of bases.

More on Mostly Fine - November 30, 2016

Some updates on Mostly Fine: after its July 2016 release, it received confirmed airplay on over 150 stations (including simulcasts) in over 35 states nationwide. It has been played internationally in Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, and New Zealand. Performing strongly on the Folk DJ charts, it was ranked the #12 album in July, the #10 song in July ("Brown Eyed Women"), and #20 in August, #19 song ("Brown Eyed Women"). Mostly Fine debuted on the Roots Music Report Folk Rock chart at #22, and peaked at #11. The song "Away" debuted and stayed at the #11 position.  Blog described Mostly Fine as "...a set of potent originals that reveal a rich and eminently human inner world through the superimposition of the mundane and the magic."

NEW CD ARRIVES! - July 5, 2016

New CD MOSTLY FINE Released July 2016    



Radio campaign launching, audio will be up soon. MOSTLY FINE will be available for sale soon on CD Baby, iTunes, digital delivery and directly through this website.

Here's what some venerable DJs have to say: 

"Blending a Hudson Valley perspective with some classic country vibes, Susan Kane delivers a gorgeous collection of six original songs as well as three covers, including two songs from the Grateful Dead that Susan makes her own. Susan’s stunningly warm vocals are an added bonus to this new CD that mixes heartbreak and humor in this much welcomed recording."      Ron Olesko, WFDU-FM

"Susan Kane writes songs in an authentic folk/Americana style! She is also a fine interpreter of the Garcia/Hunter songbook. Must listen tracks such as Crying Babies and Jacksonville match up beautifully with two Grateful Dead covers: Brown-Eyed Women and lesser known but beautifully delivered Comes A Time. The aforementioned Crying Babies features a haunting vocal that tugs at the heartstrings!"     Joe Pszonek, WMSC-FM

January 2013 Update - January 27, 2013

 A Word Child continues to get lots of play on the airwaves.  It debuted at number 36 on the Folk DJ chart for December, and “New York Winter” tied at the number 12 song of the month. It’s holding steady at #15 on the Cashbox/RMR Folk Top 50, and at #2 on the RMR/Americana Internet chart. It is also #25 on the Alternate Root’s Top 66 Int’l Airplay chart, and #48 on the AMA’s Internet chart.  “Loser” was named among the 28 best cover songs of the year on the blog Cover Lay Down.

On January 27, I visited Ron Olesko at WFDU FM for an in-studio interview and performance.

A Word Child - December 21, 2012

Some of you may know that I recently released my third CD, A Word Child.  If you haven't heard anything from it, I invite you to hear some tracks from it.  There are so many ways to do this--it's streaming on my website, you can get samples at, at Amazon, iTunes, on my facebook music page.  You can buy real or digital CDs from these outlets as well, or directly from  my website, securely through Paypal. A Word Child is in the midst of a radio campaign with the capable help of Lisa Grey's Blue River Productions, and I am happy to say the airwaves have been most welcoming.  Iain Anderson's BBC Scotland show aired it as Album of the week of December 10, calling it an early contender for one of the best albums of the year.  For the weeks of December 10 and December 17, it also  showed up as one the five most added albums to the Americana radio chart!  What a way to end the year!

On December 21st, I have an in-studio interview on WHUD-FM:

Friday, December 21, 2012
10:30 PM
Featured Artist, Hudson Valley Spotlight
WHUD-FM  100.7 with DJ Kathy Millar, online interview
listen onlne at

Lots more coming up!

Songs Featured on Women of Substance - October 12, 2010

My two covers from Highway Bouquet will air on Women of Substance Internet Radio, starting October 12, then each following Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday through Halloween.

"We've Got It Covered: The 70s"
Airing Wed, Sat & Sun (3-6:30 PM ET, noon-3:30 PT)

  • Jennie DeVoe - Me & Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)
  • Marianne Kesler - Ohio (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
  • Natascha Roth - Helpless (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
  • Susan Kane - To Lay Me Down (Grateful Dead)
  • Kristina Sablan - Northern Sky (Nick Drake)
  • Laurie Horn - Whole Lotta Love (Led Zepplin)

New Website - June 22, 2010

A long time coming, but good things are worth waiting for? I hope you'll enjoy looking around. If you were familiar with the old site, you will see a lot of familiar material. My goal was to get a more modern look and architecture. Let me know what you think.  I'll be tweaking it as time goes on--listener input much appreciated!!  Drop me a line, or visit the guestbook page.

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